The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi of pressuring the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to replace the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the Rivers State, Obo Efangha.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday, PDP warned that succumbing to Amaechi’s pressure would be provocative.
Ologbondiyan warned that the move would be firmly resisted by the people of the state.
The statement reads partly: “Already, in Rivers State, INEC is under heavy pressure from the Director General of the Buhari Campaign Organization and Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, to post out and replace the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) as well as the Administrative Secretary.
“This will be totally unacceptable, completely provocative and shall be firmly resisted by the people even if the totality of our nation’s security is deployed to Rivers State.
“This is more so as results of all the state assembly elections in Rivers state have been declared and winners had emerged.”
The main opposition party also cautioned the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu against altering figures of the governorship election held Saturday.
“Prof. Yakubu and his INEC should perish the thoughts of altering any figures for the APC and to immediately announce our winning results in these states and others where our candidates clearly won, going by the results already declared at the poling units, wards and local government collation. Anything short of this will attract the legitimate wrath of the people.
“This is because Nigerians are already aware that elections have been concluded in these states; results have been collated and declared at the polling units, ward and local government collation centers and all returning officers and political parties conclusively have the figures,” the statement added.